One of the things I've learned in doing this work is the concept of “resilience.” Resilience is defined as “the ability of a system to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure.” Understanding the nature and limits of resilience is key to managing human interactions with the rest of the Earth community. Resilience is also something I see clearly displayed at SOV.
SOV is one of the most resilient congregations I've encountered. I need not list the disturbances this church has suffered. You've absorbed these shocks and still retained your functioning as a community of faith, hope, and love. Despite great stresses, you are not falling apart but are continuing to flourish. Why?
If you have insight into why SOV is resilient, please share it with me. All congregations have the same basic goods: God’s word, the sacraments, worship, community, service ministries. But some are resilient and some are not. It seems important to understand why. Please feel free to share your insights with me — I’d love to hear what you have to say.
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Adult Sunday School
Friends, I’d like to meet between services next Sunday to discuss Adult Sunday School. I know the pastor is supposed to lead this weekly Sunday school session, but I don’t know what you would like to learn about. I’d find it helpful to hear about your interests and needs as people of faith and adult learners who want to grow in Christian wisdom. So, once you’ve got your coffee & cookies, let’s meet near the front of the worship space to begin this conversation.
Lessons for Sunday
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
1 Peter 1:17-23
Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
No Choir Practice
Thursday 6:30 p Men's Night at Lil' Cooperstown, (if you wish to partake, some Men are meeting at Avamere at 5:30 p to 'check in' with Pastor Randy and Bob) Special Guest will be Pastor Brian.
National Day of Prayer
Happy May Day
Friday 1:00 – 9:00 p Albert Palmeter Piano Studio
Sunday Scrip Order Sunday
Blood Pressure Sunday
Mothers and Others Tea
Saturday, May 10th
10:00 – 12:00 p
Please RSVP to Tammy, Brenda, Caryl or Lynn so we may plan accordingly
KOK Fundraiser Night at Papas Pizza
Order in or take out good all day.
Please pick up a flyer from the usher station or online at www.sovlutheran.com/kok
U of O Gospel Singers Concert
2:00 p & 6:00 p Concerts